wolchulsan

Wolchulsan (Mt.) is a protrudent monadnock-shaped mountain Sobaek Mountain Range formed on the way extending to the offing of Mokpo. As a National Park centering Cheonhwangbong (Peak, 809m), the whole mountain is formed with fantastic rocks and stones like a pavilion of stone. 
It is a birth place of Dr. Wang In in the Baekje dynasty and the national religious leader Doseon in the late Shilla dynasty and is also called Little Geumgang of Honam. There are Muwisa (Temple) having graceful figure in the south and Dogapsa (Temple) in the west. There are a lot of cultural assets including Haetalmun (National Treasure No.50) of Dogapsa, sedentary statue of Ma-ae Buddha etc. Ascending about 5km after passing through the entrance of Wolchulsan (Mt.), you can reach nine pot-shaped Gujeongbong (Peak). It has a legend that a dragon used to live there because it was always filled with water. About 500m under it there is a sedentary statue of Ma-ae Buddha designated as the National Treasure No.144. On the summit of Wolchulsan (Mt.), there is a flat rock bed on which roughly 300 people can sit at the same time. The viaduct over the mountain is another attraction. This bridge constructed 120m above the ground is the longest viaduct in Korea. It is 52m in length and 0.6m in width. 
At the valley on the mid-slope of the mountain to the left of Sajabong (Peak), you can see a spectacular sight of Chilchipokpo (Waterfall) which cascades down seven times one after another. Eulalia grove unfolded in Miwangjae (Ridge) on the way down toward Dogapsa (Temple) and Muwisa (Temple) displays a wonderful view in fall. Especially, the sunset performed on the background of the West Sea is indescribably beautiful. The mountain takes pride in various and peculiar attractions each season; azaleas and royal azaleas in full bloom in spring, cool waterfall and fog embracing Cheonhwangbong (Peak) in summer, maples in fall, and snowscape in winter.

“Mt. Weolchulsan National Park is located in southern Korea. Weolchulsan means "mountain where the moon rises,” and it has fittingly beautiful natural scenery. Starting with the Cheonhwangbong Peak (809m) at the center, the whole area is filled with rock mountain peaks which all look unique and special. 

Walk for about 20 minutes past the National Park’s parking lot and Dogapsa Temple, and the entrance to Weolchulsan appears. About 5km from the gate, you can see Gujeolbong Peak, shaped like 9 large pots. Because this place always has water, it is said that a dragon used to live here. Further down about 500 meters and you can see Maaeyeoraejwasang, the sitting Buddha statue, which is designated as National Treasure No. 144. Pass the statue and the path to the top is filled with lush green forests. When you get to the top of Mt. Wolchulsan, there is a large flat granite rock where about 300 people can be fitted into. Staring down from here gives you a great view of Mt. Weolchulsan. Clibing down from the top, you can cross the arched bridge, 120 m from the ground, 52 m long, and 6m wide. It takes a bit of courage to walk across this bridge. To the left of Sajabong Peak, around the middle of the mountain, there is a waterfall pouring down into the valley as seven separate falls on top of each other, called Chilchi Waterfall. On the way down to Dogapsa and Muwisa Temples, there is a field of reeds by the road that becomes spectacularly beautiful during fall. The sunset in the west is also beautiful beyond description. In the spring, the azaleas, in the summer the cool waterfalls, in the fall, all kinds of lovely colors, and in the winter, the snow covered mountains and valleys – Weolchulsan National Park is truly a wonderful site to visit all year around. “

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